Sheppard: Lord’s Prayer; English Canticles; Latin Responsory

COMPOSERS: Sheppard
LABELS: Nimbus
WORKS: Lord’s Prayer; English Canticles; Latin Responsory
PERFORMER: Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford/Stephen Darlington
CATALOGUE NO: NI 5480 DDD
In language and scoring, tessitura and structure, Sheppard’s music reflects his own life (choirmaster at Oxford, then singer in the Chapel Royal) and the demands of the alternating Protestant/Catholic regimes of mid-16th-century England. Darlington’s enthusiastic forces sing an austere Lord’s Prayer, English canticles, and Latin responsories full of rich, fluent counterpoint spiked with biting English dissonance. Roger Bowers’s informative notes explain the authenticity of the performance, in pitch, and in vocal timbres and numbers. George Pratt

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